ArtVenture offers fun and substantive classes to children and teens, providing the unique opportunity to work with professional artists, studio equipment and materials. ArtVenture courses are offered year round with the largest programming available each summer. ArtVenture offers 3-hour classes for children 5-16 years of age. Scholarships are available so children from across the whole community can participate.
Art After School (AAS)
Provides arts enrichment to under-served elementary, middle, and high school students. AAS students participate in a variety studio classes per week, and are taught by trained artist instructors who provide much needed mentorship that goes beyond arts instruction. Students enjoy hands-on learning experiences in such media as: sculpture, clay, metal working, stained glass, graphic and fashion design, creative writing; movie making, and darkroom photography.
SOHO (Space of Her Own)
SOHO’s purposeful program design provides meaningful leadership development for women and supports some of Richmond’s girls most in need. Ten women and ten 6th grade girls living in Richmond’s public housing learn how to lead through the complexity and uncertainty of life. By experiencing leadership and life training through hands-on learning, art exploration, and creative mentoring, SOHO women and girls expand the way they see and engage in relationships. SOHO culminates with a bedroom make-over for each girl that incorporates all the art projects created in SOHO. Together, they transform bedrooms into positive, colorful, inspiring spaces where girls can study, rest, and dream. Art-making becomes life changing when each girl has an inspiring friend who has made the commitment to listen and encourage her dreams. SOHO is made possible in part by The Bounce Collective.
ENGAGE field trips offer a four-part gallery program that encourages inquiry, dialogue, and interaction with the art on exhibit through a hands-on station, a written youth guide, a docent-led tour, and a relevant studio project. Students tour the exhibition with a docent and use the hands-on station and gallery guides to discuss techniques, materials, content, and information about the artist(s). Upon request, tours are followed by a studio workshop inspired by the exhibition. Studio projects encourage students to explore new media and learn about the creative process.
ENGAGE: Side by Side offers a variety of two-hour workshops related to the gallery exhibition and provides fun and rewarding time for parents, grandparents, Big Brothers and Big Sisters to work with a young person, exploring new materials and creating projects together.